Tom Hardy will read Julia Donaldson and Victoria Sandøy’s The Oak Tree on CBeebies Bedtime Story tonight.
When Tom Hardy first joined the CBeebies Bedtime Stories, the internet went into a frenzy. Sure, the kids loved listening to the Venom actor read stories, but I’m willing to bed a lot of adults tuned in too, sans kids. I know I did.
Well, Hardy is back for some more children’s stories. The actor will be gracing our screens tonight, 1st December, and will be reading Julia Donaldson and Victoria Sandøy’s The Oak Tree to celebrate National Tree Week. The story revolves around a tiny acorn’s journey from a tiny seed to a mighty oak over a thousand years as it witnesses Viking invasions, teddy bear picnics and everything in between.
Hardy will also be joined by his adorable French bulldog, Blue. Let’s be honest here, who isn’t going to watch this? CBeebies really are catering for everyone with their programming. Hardy read his first Bedtime Story in 2016 and by popular demand, returned for another one in 2020 and again in July 2023. Hardy’s Bedtime Stories have been streamed over two million times on BBC iPlayer.
The Oak Tree is only the first of six new stories that Hardy has recorded for CBeebies. The new Stories were recorded in Hardy’s garden, adding that smidge of a personal touch to them.
Hardy is currently busy filming Venom 3, which has resumed filming after the writers and actors’ strikes. The actor posted a selfie from the set, announcing the production is back on track. Venom 3, which is directed by Kelly Marcel is scheduled to be released on the 8th November 2024. Marcel previously penned the scripts for the previous two Venom films.
CBeebies Bedtime Story airs on CBeebies every day at 6.50pm. If you’re tied up at that time, fear not. You can still listen to Hardy’s sultry tones on the BBC iPlayer and you can also catch some clips on the CBeebies TikTok – because everything is now on TikTok.